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2021 Black in STEM

Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Ala Stanford

Dr. Ala Stanford


Major and Degree: Biology, B.S.   

Graduation Year: 1991

Current Position: Board-certified pediatric and adult general surgeon; Founder, Black Doctors COVID-19 ConsortiumStanford Pediatric SurgeryR.E.A.L. Concierge Medicine; Founder and Director, It Takes Philly, Inc.


Dr. Ala Stanford earned two degrees from Penn State—a bachelor of science degree from the Eberly College of Science and a doctor of medicine degree from the College of Medicine—and went on to become the first African American female pediatric surgeon trained entirely in the United States, where Black women comprise a mere 0.69 percent of all surgeons nationwide.

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